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TCC aviation center renamed for late chancellor

TCC aviation center renamed for late chancellor

As a hallmark of Erma Johnson Hadley’s legacy to Tarrant County College, the board of trustees unanimously voted to rename its aviation center at Alliance Airport as the Erma C. Johnson Hadley Northwest Campus Center of Excellence for Aviation, Logistics and Transportation.

TCC formally announced the renaming during a ceremony on May 24.

The honor recognizes the late chancellor’s 47 years of service to the college and her commitment to position TCC as a national leader in aviation education.

The 163,500-square-foot aviation center allowed TCC two years ago to bring its aviation programs under one roof along with the logistics and supply chain management program, which includes warehouse and transportation management classes. TCC’s aviation programs include avionics technology, airframe maintenance, advanced composite technology and professional pilot training.

With the graduation of the first class of 17 pilots in May, TCC’s aviation program is hosting information sessions for prospective students for fall 2016 enrollment. The program is offered in partnership with US Aviation Group. TCC is the only institution of higher education in North Texas with professional pilot training,

Unveiling of dedication sign. From left, the late Chancellor Erma Johnson Hadley’s granddaughter, Hadley’s daughter Ardenia Gould, and Tarrant County College District Board President Louise Appleman.

Banking & Finance

UMB Financial Corp. hired Cary Gilliam as senior vice president, business development in Texas. He is responsible for business development for municipal and corporate debit-issuing clients, innovative financial solutions for government and nonprofit entities, and identification of corporate escrow and investment management opportunities. Gilliam has more than 30 years of experience in banking and financial services. He formerly was senior vice president and state manager at Regions Bank and vice president at JPMorgan Chase in the corporate trust division.

Boards & Organizations

Saundra Schrock joined the board of Elevate Credit Inc. Currently a managing partner at Equanimity Leadership Solutions LLC, Schrock has more than 35 years of experience in consumer financial services. She spent more than 20 years at JPMorgan Chase, where she managed more than 3,000 bank branches, 30,000 employees and the Consumer Lending Division.

Natasha Hill, outreach, marketing, web and new-media communications manager for Tarleton State University, has been named to the board of Girls Inc. of Tarrant County. Hill joined Tarleton in 2013. In addition to serving on committees for several local organizations, she is involved with MHMR of Tarrant County.

Methodist Health System, which includes seven hospitals and 27 Methodist Family Health Centers and Medical Groups, added 12 new leaders to its boards: the Rev. David Alexander, senior pastor of First United Methodist Church in Mansfield; Frank Bracken, former president of Haggar Clothing Corp.; the Rev. Greg Buckles, lead pastor at Mansfield Bible Church; Bruce Capehart, director of software engineering at Lockheed Martin’s operations in Grand Prairie; businesswoman Robyn A. Doty; Carol Esstman, community volunteer; Robert Garza, president of Mountain View College; Greg Geissner, an insurance agency principal and agency business manager with the Giessner Insurance Agency/Farmers Insurance Group; Tim Griffy, retired managing partner at Ernst & Young LLP; Harold F. Kleinman, of counsel and a former partner with Thompson & Knight LLP; Dale McCaskill, chief of the Midlothian Fire Department; and Robert Mong, recently retired editor-in-chief at The Dallas Morning News.

Nineteen participants recently graduated from the 30th Leadership HEB Class. Graduates of the 2016 class are: Kelli Agan, city of Bedford; Cindy Benke, Shield Awards & Promotions; Mark A. Chandler, Hurst-Euless-Bedford Independent School District; Anita Daniels, Carter BloodCare; Charolete Davis, Century 21 Mike Bowman Inc.; Gina Day, Day Real Estate; Tyler Gibson, Farmers Insurance Agency; Denise Epp, From Across the Pond; Tanya Ferreiro, Carter BloodCare; Jennifer Jayroe, GRACE; Kent Johnson, Affiliated Bank Mortgage; Angela Jones, Mary Lib Saleh Euless Public Library; Lisa J. Karr, HEB ISD; Nateasie Kendrick, Texas Health HEB; Kathy Lanier, CASA of Tarrant County; Jerry Lewandowski, city of Hurst; David Mowers, GRACEful Buys; Maria Redburn, Bedford Public Library; and Amy Sisler, city of Hurst.


Yohna Chambers has been named vice chancellor of human resources at Texas Christian University. Chambers succeeds Karen Baker, who retired after 22 years at TCU. She is expected to start July 18. Chambers has 27 years of experience in higher education HR. She comes to TCU from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, where she has overseen HR functions, including staffing and recruitment, compensation and performance, wellness, policy development, insurance, retirement and compliance with labor and employment laws. Most recently, she was director of faculty initiatives and was an active member of the vice provost for faculty affairs team. She is active in the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources, previously served as southern region chairman and a member of the national board, and currently serves on the public policy committee. She has won multiple awards for her HR initiatives.

The University of Texas at Arlington appointed Julie Barfield as executive director of alumni and donor relations. A 10-year veteran in the field of alumni relations, Barfield most recently was UT Arlington’s director of donor engagement. She previously was donor relations coordinator for Cook Children’s Health Foundation. In recent years, she has played an integral role in planning and executing all UT Arlington alumni homecoming activities, including the annual Distinguished Alumni Awards. In her new position, Barfield will lead strategic alumni engagement programs and events.


Rangeford Resources Inc. appointed Thomas E. Lindholm as CEO. Lindholm has more than 33 years of experience as a senior corporate executive and an investment and merchant banker. Previously, he was executive vice president of Radiant Oil and Gas Inc. and consultant to several other oil and gas companies in Houston. In his banking career, he was managing director of Victory Partners LLC and also was executive vice president of KBK Capital Corp. Prior to KBK, he was senior vice president of Bank One, N.A.


The city of Grand Prairie hired Marty Wieder as economic development director, succeeding Bob O’Neal, who retired after serving in that position since June 2003. Wieder had been Colleyville’s director of economic development since August 2009 and facilitated deals to bring Whole Foods Market, Einstein Bros. Bagels, Petco, Zoe’s Kitchen, Emerus/Baylor Emergency Medical Center, Hampton Inn and Greenbrier Companies to the city.

Previously, Wieder worked almost a decade in marketing, economic development consulting and urban planning for GSBS Architects. He was director of economic development for the city of North Richland Hills for almost eight years in the 1990s. In the late 1980s, he worked with two chambers of commerce, including the Arlington Chamber, where he participated in efforts to keep the Texas Rangers in town and build what is now Globe Life Park (as well as to convince General Motors to keep Arlington’s GM facility open over a plant in Michigan).

Health Care

Dr. Dan McCoy has been named president of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas, effective July 1. McCoy succeeds Bert Marshall, who will retire after 20 years with the company. McCoy joined BCBSTX in 2012. As divisional senior vice president of Texas market strategy and Texas plan chief medical officer, McCoy oversees the development and coordination of market strategy and business development across the state. Prior to BCBSTX, McCoy was managing partner at Texas Dermatology Associates. He also was medical director of the Melanoma Screening Clinic at Sammons Cancer Center and Baylor University Medical Center’s Outpatient Cancer Center. He serves on the boards of Dallas Regional Chamber, Texas CASA and the Texas Medical Association. He served on the Dallas County Medical Society board and was president of the Navarro College Foundation and the Texas Dermatological Society.

Honors & Awards

Fort Worth Police Officer Byron Wylie was named a Top Cop for his bravery in the face of danger by the National Association of Police Organizations during a recent ceremony in Washington, D.C. On Jan. 29, 2015, Wylie, Sgt. Shane Drake and two other officers answered an emergency medical call in Fort Worth. A gunfight broke out, wounding Drake. Wylie stepped forward and put himself between his wounded sergeant and the suspect. Top Cops are nominated by fellow officers and selected by a committee of national law enforcement representatives.

The National Association of Hispanic Journalists will present its 2016 NAHJ Presidential Dale Award to Julian Rodriguez, — photo — founder and news director of UTA News en Espanol, lecturer and research chairman of BEA news division. Rodriguez will receive the award during the organization’s national conference in Washington, D.C., Aug. 3-7.

Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) of Fort Worth recently presented its 2015 awards: Project of the Year Award, Edwards Ranch; Susan A. Halsey Excellence in Leadership Award, Keri Redford; Sponsor of the Year Award, GL Seaman & Co.; Member of the Year Award, Amanda Osburn; and CREW Future Leader of the Year Award, Ashley Tinsley.

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